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HSUS's Pacelle To Lecture At Colorado State University

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Balance out the animal welfare conversation by providing your agricultural experiences during HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle’s lecture at CSU this week.

If you’re in Fort Collins on Jan. 30, I hope you’ll swing by the Colorado State University campus to listen in on the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) CEO Wayne Pacelle’s lecture. Sponsored by CSU’s Department of Philosophy and organized by animal ethics expert and CSU Distinguished Professor Bernard Rollin, Pacelle’s lecture is being promoted as an open discussion about welfare in animal agriculture.

While HSUS will certainly provide its side of the story, I’m worried that ranchers will be left out of the discussion. After all, HSUS has painted the 98% of American ranching operations that are family owned and operated as “factory farms.” Meanwhile, HSUS's lobbying efforts continue to escalate, with its previous successes pushing more food producers out of business via ballot initiatives passed in a handful of states.

Remember that HSUS, which has a $130-million annual budget, fundraises unabashedly about protecting companion animals, but spends less than one-half of 1% of this treasure chest to support animal shelters. Instead, those millions are plowed back into more fundraising, pensions and attorneys. And the number-one HSUS target continues to be America’s farmers and ranchers.

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Of course, I don’t expect universities to close their doors to speakers, but I’m surprised that a university like CSU, which boasts one of the nation's top agricultural curriculums, would welcome to campus an organization so openly hostile to the folks in the animal science department.

Although it will clearly be a one-sided discussion, the opportunity for farmers and ranchers to share their side of the story will be during the comments period following Pacelle’s lecture. So, if you’re in the area, I hope you can swing by; and then let me know how it goes. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Parking is free in the adjoining parking lots.

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Heifer Doctor (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

Though at the same time, one of the world's foremost experts on true food animal welfare, Temple Grandin, is on the faculty there. I hope she is there and tears him a new one!

Anonymous15 (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

I think as time shows part of this presentation is put on by grandin. I follower as well and dont understand why she is heading this way. Its a matter of time till you read about it.

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 31, 2013

Grandin's been corrupted. Beware having her as animal ag's backstop.

wise to HSUS (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

Left out of the dollar facts was the amount paid to employees salaries, which is significant.
Anyone questioning the true direction of this group need only visit their website. With out a doubt they want us to go back in time to subsistence ago and if we happened to produce any extra then perhaps we might wish to sell a little of that to our neighbors. Perhaps they should consult with the United Nations and get a clue about feeding the world before they condemn practices which feed the world.

Brandi (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

One of my best friends attend CSU, I am going to ask her to video it for me!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

Might be good to have people there passing out a fact sheet on HSUS activities, salaries, and that they spend less than 1% on animal care. And the humane watch.org website info.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 28, 2013

Bernie Rollin brings to this arena a tradition of finding common ground... there may be extremists on both sides, but only the HSUS pole of extreme is considered logical by our uninformed society. With Bernie and Temple there, could Pacelle begin to see reality? The flow of money into the HSUS scam makes powerful blinders.

on Jan 28, 2013

The reality Pacelle sees is the $19 a month he scams from his members

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 29, 2013

This CSU student will certainly be there. Bernie is truly a moderate, trying to balance agricultural needs with animal welfare while appealing to the parts of society that fall with HSUS. Temple falls much more to the ag side, while preaching transparency. She pushes welfare because she gets how cattle work and think. To the anon up top who says she's falling more and more in the HSUS line of thought, I challenge you to sit through her class in livestock handling and say that again. She recognizes welfare is an issue and horrible treatment -does- occur while stressing that it's not the norm and that we need to be showing people like Pacelle what the vast majority of ag is and does. Forums like this can help with that.
I'd also like to mention that I have yet to see this promoted on campus yet (true classes have been back only a week but still). I have heard nothing about it from neither the College of Ag nor the animal science department. That worries me. I have a (surprisingly well-informed and thoughtful) vegan friend who told me that vegetarian/vegan/animal rights/animal liberation groups on campus have been telling their members about it for a while now...

on Jan 29, 2013

My name is Melissa Ralston and I am the Collegiate Farm Bureau President at Colorado State University. I have been working alongside with the various clubs in the College of Ag, and I know we will definitely have a strong presence at this event. Regardless of who brought Wayne Pacelle onto our campus, the fact remains that he is the leader of the largest anti-agriculture organization in the United States. It frustrates me that a college within our university (which began as a Land Grant Institution founded on agricultural values) would bring in someone as radical as him. Even though the speech will be largely one sided, the discussion time will allow for us to bring our voice into the spotlight. We will all be wearing orange to represent our Aggie history and to make sure we stand out amongst the crowd. Please join us if you are in the area!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 31, 2013

I was just wondering how this went.

on Jan 31, 2013

Me too

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